Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Terry Fox Run 2010

November 7: The famous Terry Fox Run was here in Malaysia and was held at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, marking its 30th Anniversary in raising fund for cancer research. All the proceeds will go to Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF) to fund cancer research in Malaysia. Go CARIF! It was so simple to join - buy the t-shirt and wear it during the run. I bought mine for RM25 at Sime Darby Medical Centre - Cancer & Radiosurgery Centre. The best thing about the t-shirt are the inspiring and empowering messages emblazoned on it - this year it's "Working Together to Outrun Cancer".

This was my second race; the first time was 15 years ago, back in 1995. So many things had changed along the way, just look at me back then! I wore an oversized t-shirt and green PNB cap on November 12, 1995:

It was a very fun family outing. There were so many people! While others run, bike, skate or roller-blade around the course, we'd decided to walk. It is good to see everyone joining hands in raising cancer awareness in Malaysia. My neck was still stiff from the surgery and it was a bit difficult to stretch during the warm-up session, but I will not let it dampen my spirit and deter me from completing the course!

History of the run:

Terry Fox was 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. His right leg was amputated above the knee, yet he managed to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the “Marathon of Hope”. Terry Fox died at the age of 21 but before he died, he knew that a fund-raising event would be held each year, with the same objectives as the “Marathon of Hope” – to help find a cure for cancer.

“Even though I’m not running anymore, we still have to try to find a cure for cancer. Other people should go ahead and try to do their own thing now” – Terry Fox.

I will definitely join the run again next year! Join me?

1 comment:

memer said...

insyaallah we'll join the run every year ok sayang.. :)